How Design Studio Works

We offer site evaluations, concept designs, and finished designs as well as consultations on specific situations such as poor soils, water management, ponds and drip irrigation systems, working in small spaces, selecting disease-resistant fruit trees, organic gardening and orchards, converting your front yard, child-appropriate plants and containers, trellises and green walls, and much more.

Permaculture, of course, is a unique approach to design in that it works with nature and draws many of its design ideas from natural ecosystems. We enjoy imitating and intensifying working eco-systems that produce a lot of food and yet are low-maintenance. These landscapes are super-organic and can be installed in small and large spaces. Our specialties are front and back yards, school playgrounds, small farms, and downtown spaces.

We commonly charge for an initial consultation of two hours in which we walk through your project and talk over the possibilities. This initial visit begins with discussing the client’s vision and then evaluating the site for what it can do and what resources it has. A simple concept design may take shape, but in any case the client will gain a better understanding of what is possible and how to proceed. If the project is small, we might be able to provide a sketch of the project. Other useful information such as a plant list, plant sources, a more formal drawing, solutions for problem areas and specific placement of elements usually require more time. Occasionally clients want a color, scale drawing.

We offer installation services as well in which we draw upon Guild members, many of whom have specialties such as pond building or earth moving, bee hive installation, stonework, and plant selection.

Maintenance plans are available by the month or quarterly.

Examples of our work are visible at the Deep Roots Forest Garden (Eugene near Smith Street), Giving Back Garden of the First Presbyterian Church (corner of Fisher & Simpson St), Charlie Headington’s homestead (515 N. Mendenhall St), the public orchard at the Meeting Place (corner of Smith and Prescott on the Greenway), and the Elsewhere Museum Garden behind Elsewhere on Elm Street. Members designed, installed or presently work at the Edible Schoolyard at the Children’s Museum (corner of Lindsey and Church St), Greensboro Montessori School gardens (2856 Horsepen Creek Road), the 7th Grade Science Garden at the Greensboro Day School, and Gaia’s Garden at the Timberlake Earth Sanctuary. We have advised, designed parts, and helped maintain the gardens at the Interactive Resource Center (Washington and Murrow Blvd.)